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Real Estate Appraisals

Real Estate Appraisals

A Critical Component Of The Mortgage Process

One of the most critical parts of getting a mortgage is the appraisal. The purpose of an appraisal is to confirm the home value for the lender and is usually required for both refinance and home purchase mortgages. Typically, the borrower pays for the appraisal up front, but one of the things that separates AZ Lending Experts from other mortgage companies is that we cover the cost of your appraisal for you, whether you are purchasing or refinancing.

What Do Appraisers Look For When Determining A Property’s Value?

Most people are surprised to learn what appraisers actually look at when determining the value of a real estate property.

A common misconception homeowners generally have is that the value of their home is determined after the appraiser has completed their physical property inspection. However, the appraiser actually already has a good idea of the property’s value by the time they have scheduled an appointment to stop by the property.

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Five Myths About Home Values

Regardless of whether home prices are going up or down based on outside economic factors that impact housing markets, appraisers have continued to follow a standard set of guidelines and best practices to determine values.

The following questions / myths about real estate appraisals should help clarify why your property’s value isn’t necessarily where you think it should be.

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Understanding The Difference Between A Neighborhood Comp vs Actual Appraisal

Why is there such a difference between what my appraised value is and the price similar homes are selling for on my street?

It’s a great question, and you don’t have to be a mortgage professional or a real estate agent to understand the answer. The distinction lies in the purpose of the two valuations and who is responsible for creating them.

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How Do Mortgage Companies Value A Property That Hasn’t Been Built Yet?

It’s obviously easier to picture the process of estimating value on an existing property in a neighborhood that has a history of home sales, but the task of determining the value on new construction projects does pose some challenges.

Appraisals on homes that haven’t been built yet generally require the contractor and home buyer to supply more documentation in order to get a more accurate estimate of the property’s value.

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